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Introduction: Epigraphy and the <i>Polis</i>

Paraskevi Martzavou and Nikolaos Papazarkadas

in Epigraphical Approaches to the Post-classical Polis

Published in print December 2012 | ISBN: 9780199652143
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191745935 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199652143.003.0001

Series: Oxford Studies in Ancient Documents

Introduction: Epigraphy and the Polis

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The scope and aims of this collection of epigraphical chapters are delineated by a brief overview of the recent scholarship on the nature of the postclassical polis which also explores related questions: unity and diversity, continuity and ruptures, realities and representations. The themes which can be fruitfully investigated by epigraphical approaches include the interaction of the postclassical poleis with rulers and monarchs; local identities; conflict resolution; social economics; representation and honours; institutions, ideology, ethics, and religion. The chapters also trace certain parameters of the development of the field of epigraphy from the 19th century onwards and probe future prospects. This brief survey demonstrates that epigraphy is one of the most powerful tools, albeit not the only one, that modern scholars have in order to explore the historical transformations and continuities of the postclassical polis.

Keywords: epigraphy; ethics; Hellenistic; identities; institutions; religion; Roman Imperial; representation; rulers; scholarship

Chapter.  3860 words. 

Subjects: Classical History

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